Coworking has become a bit of a buzzword lately with the rise of remote workers and start-ups but maybe it isn’t quite clear what they are all about. Here we’ve prepared some of he FAQs about coworking that we’ve received.
What is a coworking space?
It is a workplace that shares a common environment and creates a community. This is why it’s important to research the different options in your area to be able to choose correctly which space matches with your tribe.
Who uses coworking spaces?
Usually you will find digital nomads, freelancers or entrepreneurs at a coworking space. They can be in all kinds of sectors and have different job titles but they come together to share the same work environment. This can create unique and productive ties that foster a collaborative spirit and lends to a diversity that is not found in traditional offices.
As coworking spaces grow in popularity more and more start-ups and small businesses also choose to be in a coworking space instead of a traditional office to foster a creative and fruitful work environment.
Is a coworking space better than a traditional office?
Coworking spaces usually have a community that they promote and foster whereas in a traditional office you are limited to interacting daily with your team.
Also, coworking spaces have flexible schedules and payment plans. If you’d like to give it a try for a month, you can. This is usually not true in a traditional office since you are tied to a lease and have upfront security deposits.
Why choose a coworking space over a café with internet or a home office?
When people think of remote workers they usually think of someone working from home in their pajamas. For some people, working from home can work but for a majority they find that it isn’t conducive to their productivity. Then they think that the upgrade is to work at a café and while this can be great for an hour or two, if you are actually a professional remote worker, this won’t work out long-term.
A much better option is a coworking space that can give you a similar café feeling but with less noise (hopefully) and an ergonomic work space. If the open space isn’t your jam, you can find coworking spaces that are individual to focus better.
What should I look for in a coworking space?
With the bloom of coworking spaces, it can be confusing to choose best one for you. We have a list of questions to ask before signing up so you can choose the right coworking space for you.
How much does a coworking space cost?
This can be so varied depending on what amenities are being offered and the area. The best thing to do is to research your area and compare the pricing plans. Make sure you carefully look at all the plans to see what the hours are, if meeting rooms are included and whether you have to sign up for a minimum of time.
Do coworking spaces host events?
Most coworking spaces host networking, professional and wellbeing events. This could be a mastermind, workshops or yoga. This helps to build the community and feel more connected to the other members. Check out Plázida’s schedule of events here.
Is there a minimum period of time to stay?
When you can start your membership at a coworking space and how long you can sign up for really depends on each space. However, most coworking spaces try to be as flexible and customer service oriented as possible. For example, here at Plázida we have daily, weekly and monthly rates.
Now that you know more about coworking spaces, are ready to sign up for one? Tell us your experience with coworking spaces on our Facebook page.
To find out more about Plázida coworking in Madrid, Spain, contact us HERE.